periodontal disease linked to diabetes

Periodontal Disease Linked to Diabetes

Periodontal (gum) disease is not something to be taken lightly at any time but it can be particularly problematic for diabetes sufferers. Not only are diabetics more prone to gum disease but the gum disease can then adversely impact on the diabetes. This is because gum disease:

  • Increases levels of blood sugar
  • Releases hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol, which produce additional glucose
  • Increases the risk of gum infections which the body finds hard to combat

It is of paramount importance for diabetics to take proper care of the teeth and gums and receive treatment as necessary from a dentist to avoid periodontal disease becoming a problem. Read more at

Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)

I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.

Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.

Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.

Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.

Special interest in Orthodontics.

Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.

I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.

Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).

I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.